A former easyJet and Monarch Airlines director has been named as one of two women joining Intrepid Group as non-executive directors.

Liz Savage held roles as business development director at easyJet and was managing director of Monarch’s flights and holidays business.

She was also chief commercial officer of Virgin Australia and is now a full-time company director in Australia spanning the tourism, travel, hospitality, workforce and sports sectors.

The adventure travel company also named Sarah Morgan as a non-executive. She serves on a number of boards including Hansen Technologies, Adslot, Future Generation Global Investment Company, and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation.

The duo join Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton and the company’s co-founders Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester on the board. Wade continues as executive chairman.

It is the first time that Intrepid has expanded its board since returning to independent ownership in 2015 and came as the company reported 17% growth in annual revenue in 2018 and earnings [ebit] of almost A$15 million.

Intrepid Group has seen three consecutive years of record growth, with the board now tasked with gearing the company for its next phase of growth.

Thornton said that having two “extremely high calibre individuals” join the board was a huge endorsement for the business, its broader expansion plans and its purpose.

With expertise in corporate finance and customer-centred leadership, Morgan and Savage both have experience in high growth businesses.

Intrepid Group is continuing to improve gender equality in its workforce and the new appointments see it achieve 40% female directors on its board.

“As we grow, we need to continue to bring diversity of opinion and new expertise to the table,” said Thornton.

“Not only because it provides fresh perspective on any challenges we will face, but because it provides the platform for the innovative thinking we believe will continue to drive our growth with purpose.”

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